Have your say on ambitious Cantley Park expansion plansBy Jon Nurse
October 04, 2012
Ambitious plans to bring new football pitches and tennis courts to Cantley Park are up for consultation.
Starting on Friday, people have eight weeks to have their say on three options to improve the park in Twyford Road.
The Draft Cantley Masterplan, which was approved by Wokingham Borough Council’s executive committee last Thursday, would see the council acquiring land next to the park to be used for a new football centre or pitches.
The plan presents three options for the land: a new youth football centre with an indoor tennis court; a new five-a-side football centre with a gym and indoor tennis courts; or new artificial turf pitches and youth football pitches.
Councillor Angus Ross, executive member for environment, said: “Cantley Park is Wokingham town’s major outdoor sports venue and is used by hundreds of people every week. We want to expand it so even more people can enjoy it.
“The memory of the Olympics is still fresh in people’s minds so it seems a perfect time to seek people’s views on improving such a key sports venue.
“We are trying to identify a plan that would develop that site for sports and leisure purposes and satisfy the developers’ purposes for the provision of that. This draft plan has nothing to do with building houses [in Cantley Park] or Wokingham Football Club.”
Wokingham Borough Council countryside officer Andy Glencross said: “As the town grows through the developments north of the town, we need to make sure the facilities available to residents grow as well.
“Cantley Park is key to that because it is where so many people play sport.”
Cllr Rob Stanton, deputy leader of the council, attended a community forum last Wednesday at Wokingham Methodist Hall in Rose Street, and he said: “It’s very good to see people keen to be involved and I think that’s very important.”
Comments on the draft can be made at www.wokingham.gov.uk/council/consultations/ until Friday November 30.